Bad Robot is developing TV adaptation of Patrick Ness’ Fantasy Book Burn – deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Ness’s book To burn, which is set in 1957 about a girl and her father hiring a dragon to work on their farm, is in development as a TV adaptation after Bad Robot opted for the rights.
Ness, who wrote nine books as well as the screenplay for the 2016 fantasy feature film A monster is calling starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson, will write and produce the adaptation.
JJ Abrams will also be executive producer alongside Bad Robot TV director Ben Stephenson. Executive Vice President of Television Rachel Rusch Rich will serve as executive co-producer. It will be produced in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The book is set in 1957 in the midst of the Cold War. Biracial teenager Sarah Dewhurst and her father, excluded from their small town of Frome, Wash., Are forced to hire a dragon to work on their farm, which only the poorest among them resort. The dragon, Kazimir, has more going for him than it looks, however. Sarah can’t help but be curious about her, an animal who supposedly has no soul, but is apparently determined to keep her safe. Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t know. He came to the farm with a prophecy in mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshipers, two chasing FBI agents, and somehow Sarah Dewhurst herself.
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This is the last literary adaptation of the production company, of which Lovecraft Country, based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 book, just finished airing on HBO. The company also manufactures Small voice for Apple TV + and Westworld for HBO and has three new projects – Duster, overlook, and an untitled DC Justice League Dark series – installed on HBO Max as well as Demimonde at HBO and Lisey’s story and My glory was to have such friends on Apple TV +.
Burn was published on July 5, 2020 by HarperCollins in the US and Walker Books in the UK. Ness is represented for editing and screenwriting by Michelle Kaas in the UK and lawyer Howard Ambramson. Burn is represented in this agreement by CAA.